Kids Company closure prompts Government crisis talks to ensure child support


The Government will today hold a crisis meeting to draw up emergency plans to provide support for children following the sudden closure of Kids Company.

It comes as the charity's flamboyant founder Camila Batmanghelidjh lashed out at ministers, civil servants and the media, claiming the organisation was the victim of a "trial by media".

Up to 36,000 vulnerable children and young people received support from Kids Company, and there are fears many could slip through the net unless immediate plans are put in place to continue services.

Richard Curtis, founder of The Root Of It, an organisation which works to raise standards in special needs services in schools, said he is attending the emergency meeting "to discuss what the next steps are".

He told the Press Association: "It's about putting in services that are going to help these children so they are not abandoned.

"If there is not something put in place very quickly it's very likely that things will start to deteriorate in those areas with those families that Kids Company has been supporting."